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Students to Present Work in Women’s Studies at LVIAC Conference

Bethlehem, Pa., March 27, 2009—Two Moravian College students will present their work at the 15th Annual Undergraduate Conference in Women's Studies, sponsored by the LVAIC Women's Studies Coalition, at Lehigh University on Saturday, March 28, 2009.

Michelle Fraser’10 (Bethlehem, Pa.) will present, “Androgyny in Selected Works by Donatello, Leonardo, and Michelangelo (Dr. Diane Radycki, advisor). In her paper, Fraser attempted to discover the basis for androgynous figures in a few notable Renaissance sculptures and paintings.  She will explain the possible historical, religious, and aesthetic basis for such forms  and will touch on stereotypical gender roles and sexuality.

Rachel Gunderson ’11 (Whitehall, Pa.) will present her paper on “Sexual Violence in America” (Dr. Lori Hoffman, advisor). Gunderson, a junior level nursing student, will present an overview of the physical and emotional effects of rape and assault on women, with care strategies for nursing and others to respond appropriately to victims of this type of violence.

Now in its fifteenth year, the conference is sponsored by the LVAIC Women’s Studies Coalition, Dr. Annette Benert, Chairperson, and Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC) which includes Moravian College, Lehigh University, Lafayette College, Muhlenberg College, Cedar Crest College, and DeSales University. For more information visit: http://www.lvaic.org

The Moravian College Women's Studies Program participates with programs at the five other area colleges in the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC) Women's Studies Coalition.  The Coalition, established in 1986, has worked in a collaborative manner to enhance the presence of Women's Studies on the LVAIC campuses.   The Coalition facilitates informational exchange, such as publishing Women's Studies courses for student cross-registration.  Moravian students can take women's studies courses at any of the other member colleges. The Coalition sponsors a fall Faculty Development Workshop and they sponsor a spring Women's Studies Student Conference.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America’s sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at http://www.moravian.edu/.